After winning a national championship last season while having one of the best teams of all-time, it is safe to say that the Kentucky Wildcats are having a rough year in the 2012-13 college basketball season. However, with a 9-4 record, the Wildcats will tip off SEC play against the Vanderbilt Commodores on the road.
Although Kentucky is having an off year, it still has some very talented freshmen on the team and all four of its losses were to tough competition. In fact, other than Baylor, every team that the Wildcats have lost to this season are currently ranked, including the Duke Blue Devils and Louisville Cardinals, who are both ranked in the top three.
Anyway, on to the Vanderbilt game. Luckily for Kentucky, the Commodores are not the team that they have been in the past. Vanderbilt has a record of 6-6 on the season.
The Commodores struggle to score, being the 314th team in the nation in that department with 59.7 points per game. On the other hand, the Wildcats put up 79.2 points per game, which is the 21st best in the country.
Vanderbilt will have its hands full with Archie Goodwin, who is leading the Wildcats in points, and Alex Poythress, who is averaging 14 points per game. Not to mention there is Nerlens Noel, who changes the game with his defensive abilities alone. Coming into conference play, Noel is averaging 10.3 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, 2.6 steals per game and 3.5 blocks per game. You could definitely say that this guy is a beast.
However, Ryan Harrow needs to take over for this team, since he is the field general and all. At times, Kentucky’s offense can look a little sloppy, so it is up to Harrow to get this offense running smoothly.
Whether the case, Kentucky is way too talented for Vanderbilt and it should open up conference play with a W.